The Great Squeeze: surviving the human project
This award-winning film explores our current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. Although our actions have lifted our civilization to new heights, it has come at a tremendous price.
We are now at a point where humanity's demands for natural resources far exceed the earth's capacity to sustain us. The extraction and the consumption of these resources in the past two centuries have changed our climate and ecosystems so significantly, that a new geological era had to be created.
For some decades now people have been talking about saving the planet, but we are realizing that this is not really the issue. The central issue is civilization itself and whether we can save it. The stresses that we have put on the earth are not only threatening our habitat, but our way of life, our prosperity and even our existence on the planet. Our current paradigm must change. We will have to accept the new reality; the human economy is part of nature and not the other way around. We are faced with great challenges. But unlike the rest of the living world, we have the unique ability to adapt and decide our fate and the fate of most of the biosphere, for better or worse, in order to survive the human project.
Selected at several film festivals around the world, The Great Squeeze features outstanding experts in many fields, such as economist Lester Brown founder of The Earth Policy Institute, Richard Heinberg world renowned Peak Oil expert, Edward O. Wilson legendary biologist, Alexandra Cousteau leading advocate for marine ecosystems, author Howard Kunstler, paleoclimatologist Jim White and many more.
Buying the PPR/academic version DVD gives you and your organization the right to show the film publicly in a non-theatrical setting as many time as you want, as long as no admission is charged. These gatherings are normally found in locations such as schools, libraries, and civic institutions. This DVD contains extended interviews from the experts, lesson plans (prepared by a licensed biology teacher) and other resources for educators, a jpeg file to print a poster of the film (11X17) and the short documentary "GREENING IN THE HEARTLAND".
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prompted to ask myself:"What can I do to help this crisis which will affect us all more sooner than later?"
This video points out that our society's mantra has been to use more of everything faster as we go along. This is a recipe for
collapse and ecological disaster. Our depleating world of oil, coal and minerals is a potential for geo-political problems
as well. Access of water is an ever growing problem for the 20th century.
The final straw: climate change has already reared to cause overwhelming disasters.
The reality is that our civilization needs to change now or else we will fail to reverse this alarming tide.
We can win this challenge by diversifying our transportation system, promoting mandatory recycling and changing
agricultural practices. The film ends with an optimistic upbeat, recalling the success of our country when we were
attacked in World War II.
Now we have to think of the longer term: it is a matter of survival.
I feel that "The Great Squeeze" should be see by everyone. It's importance overshadows everything else for us humans
on the planet, stressing a call to action for everyone.
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